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Darrell Huckaby

Stories by Darrell

HUCKABY: In August you can close your eyes and smell football

It’s August. Hard to believe, I know, but that’s what the calendar and the thermometer say. August used to be really, really significant to me because on the first day of August high school football coaches all over the state would start issuing equipment and go to work trying to build a championship football team, and for many, many years, I was a part of that fraternity.

HUCKABY: Will America stand up and fight?

America has lost her way. So says my friend Kevin “Chappy” Hynes, and I agree with him wholeheartedly.

HUCKABY: The lost arts of conversation and courtesy

Last fall I had the opportunity to hear the great T. Graham Brown at the Athens Classic Center, thanks to the generosity of an old friend who had front row seats. I have always enjoyed T. Graham Brown, even back when he was known as Tony and was playing with Dirk in Athens hotel lounges.

DARRELL HUCKABY: Advice for a marriage filled with happiness and joy

I have looked forward to this occasion for 26 years, ever since I looked down at that screaming little red-faced bundle of joy and named him Jackson Lee Huckaby, and I have prayed that he would find a wife that was as kind and loving and God-fearing as he has become.

HUCKABY: The most fun you’ve ever had (legally, of course)

I am tired of violence and vitriol and bad news. I bet you are, too. So a couple of days ago I posed a fun question to my Facebook friends. I mean, really, it was about fun. I asked them to tell me the most fun they had ever had without breaking the law or taking off their clothes.

HUCKABY: Sometimes it’s the little things that mean the most

I love to travel. I love getting home even more.

HUCKABY: Being prone to procrastination has its problems

I am bad to procrastinate. Always have been. When I was in the eleventh grade I missed a chance to see Pistol Pete Maravich play because I had put off doing a project for Mrs. Meyer’s world history class until the last minute and had to stay home and make a poster about the Middle Ages.

HUCKABY: On Easter ham, baseball, spring break, and religion

How are you going to cook your ham for Easter?

HUCKABY: Country music brings us all together

I was standing in the wings at the Ryman Auditorium Thursday and found myself in awe of the ghosts there. By ghosts I mean the spirits of all the magnificent country artists who had stood right there, in the same spot I occupied, waiting for their opportunity to grace that hallowed stage for the first time — or the hundredth.

HUCKABY: Good recipes never go out of style

Nothing beats revising some old, enjoyable meals.

DARRELL HUCKABY: Walking the Holy Land a reminder of the call to oppose evil

I am coming to you today from Tiberius, on the Sea of Galilee., and what a week I am having. Remember when you used to write postcards from the beach that would get home before you did? Sure you do. They all read, “Having a great time; wish you were here. Well, I am having a great time, and I do wish you were here. I wish everyone could be here in the land where Jesus walked and taught and performed miracles.

DARRELL HUCKABY: An old friend with new-found fame

Andy Warhol predicted that in the future, everyone would get his — or her — 15 minutes of fame. Another way of putting it might be that every dog will have his day. My friend, Jesse Kenney, had his two weeks ago at the Georgia-Auburn basketball game.

HUCKABY: Valentine’s Day a lot more complicated than it was in grade school

Ah, Valentine’s Day. The romantic holiday when we honor St. Hallmark and line the coffers of florists everywhere. You talk about price gouging? I don’t want to hear about Home Depot increasing the prices of plywood and generators after a storm until somebody does something about the price of a dozen roses being jacked up about 400 percent in the middle of February every year.

HUCKABY: Football fan or not, Super Bowl is reason to party

About a billion-and-a-half Chinese couldn’t care less about what happens in Phoenix this weekend. As a matter of fact, I don’t much care myself, but there are those amongst us who won’t sleep a wink Saturday night because they will be so hepped up about what is going to happen on Sunday, and I ain’t talking about church, either, not even the one where I am preaching.

HUCKABY: Some things just don’t make a lick of sense

We live in a funny world. Yes, ha, ha funny, but strange funny, too. There are just so many contradictions in our world — things to me that just don’t make a lick of sense. Take the president of the United States. Please.

HUCKABY: The public education circus continues

Wow. Education seems to be all over the news in the state of Georgia this week, and I haven’t seen a lot of positive comments. Go figure.

HUCKABY: Bridging the language gap a tough row to hoe

A few of my former students, home from college, came by to visit me last week. I love seeing the kids I was able to torment in the name of education. Just kidding. Just kidding. But it really does make me feel good when the kids care enough to stop by.

HUCKABY: Still searching for peace on earth, good-will to men

It’s almost Christmas, which is so special for so many reasons.

HUCKABY: Christmas in the classroom used to be a lot more fun

I got together with some old teacher friends last week and we began waxing nostalgic about the good old days—back when teaching was more fun because we had more freedom in the classroom.

HUCKABY: Living life with courage and grace

Warren lived through his ordeal with as much courage and fortitude as anyone I have ever known. A devout Christian, he was at church every week, no matter how bad he might have felt.

HUCKABY: No man is above the law, not even the president

On Thursday night President Obama took a big step toward making that fundamental change that so many of us had feared since he first took office in 2009. He faced the nation and announced that he intended to circumvent Congress, the Constitution and 227 years of history and tradition by declaring immediate amnesty for 5 million illegal immigrants.

HUCKABY: Football and cold weather not a good mix in the South

I don’t know how they do it. Yankees, I mean. I will admit that it is time to give the devil his due. I am speaking of the hearty folks from the frozen tundra of our northernmost states — the people in Cleveland and Buffalo and Green Bay, Wis., who go out in weather that is fit for neither man nor beast and sit and watch football.

HUCKABY: Some need a refresher course on the importance of Veterans Day

Tuesday is Veterans Day, and without that long line of men and women who have stood in harm’s way to protect our freedoms, we would have none.

HUCKABY: Sometimes breaking the rules is worth it

I have three longstanding rules. I don’t do book reviews. I don’t do any Christmas shopping until the last minute. I don’t sing Christmas carols until the Great Tree bursts into light on Thanksgiving night.

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HUCKABY: Wake me up when the baseball playoffs are over

I hate to have to admit this, but I cannot watch playoff baseball anymore. Not a whole game. I just can’t. I hate to admit this — and this is coming from a person’s whose oldest sports memory is of Yogi Berra jumping astride Don Larson after the last strike in the only perfect game in World Series history — but I find the games terribly tedious and terribly boring.

HUCKABY: TV’s iconic phrases live on in daily life

OK. I haven’t given anyone a quiz in a long time. What do “Just the facts, ma’am,” “Sorry about that, Chief,” and “What you talking ‘bout, Willis?” have in common?

DARRELL HUCKABY: At some point, yard work becomes inevitable

I found myself right in the middle of a rare 10-day stint at home Friday and found it impossible to ignore, any longer, my lovely wife Lisa’s extensive honey-do list.

HUCKABY: Williams will live on in amazing array of characters

When I first saw the news about Robin Williams being found dead, it didn’t really affect me too much.

HUCKABY: Getting through the dog days of summer

In case y’all were wondering, it is dog days again. I just went for a two-mile walk — at 9:30 in the morning — and lost a bout four pounds of water weight from perspiring. I used to sweat, back before I got so sophisticated.

HUCKABY: Waiting for my grandson is like deja vu

It’s dega vu all over again! That’s how Yogi put it and Yogi is a smart man, despite the fact that he has become a cult hero of sorts for the way he expresses himself in regards to the English language.

HUCKABY: Want to read an encyclopedia? There’s an app for that

The Internet has made encyclopedias obsolete and there may come a day when it does the same to recorded music, magazines and newspapers.

HUCKABY: Time to say a heartfelt ‘thanks’ for all the dreams that have come true

I never dreamed that the day would actually come when someone asked me, “What do you do for a living?” and I could answer, “Travel the world.”

HUCKABY: Wishing the winds of war would shift

Sometimes something happens so vile and vicious that it breaks through the very fog of my unawareness and makes itself known. Such was the case Thursday when I first got an inkling that a Malaysian passenger jet had crashed — or something.

HUCKABY: Watermelon cutting was once a special occasion

People are always asking me, “What do you miss most when you are on the road?”

HUCKABY: My love of cowboys and all things western

In a former life, when I was a history teacher, I used to play a word association game with my students when we studied the closing of the American frontier. They weren’t as well versed in all things western as I was at their tender ages, but they came up with some pretty impressive lists. Of course, I taught some pretty impressive kids.

DARRELL HUCKABY: Fireworks mark our celebrations through the years

Did you get to watch fireworks on the 4th of July? I hope so. I love fireworks shows and have seen some dandy ones in my day — on Independence Day and at other times.

HUCKABY: Native Americans face much bigger issues than the name of a football team

When Christopher Columbus arrived in what would come to be known as the Americas in 1492 — and I don’t really care how many Norsemen may or may not have already been here — there was population of approximately 75 million people living here, including 10 million living in the area that now comprises the United States. Columbus erroneously called them Indians because he believed he was in the East Indies.

HUCKABY: Father’s Day a time to think of the man who shaped me

So it’s Father’s Day and I know it does not have the same impact that Mother’s Day has on card and flower sending, gift buying and celebrating in general — which s OK. We are just men. We get that. No, really. We do.

DARRELL HUCKABY: If he’s good enough for Herschel, he’s good enough for me

Today I am ready to endorse Jack Kingston in the July 22 Republican primary runoff.

HUCKABY: Not my usual crowd, but a good one all the same

I broke my own rule Thursday night and I am glad I did. I accepted a speaking engagement inside the perimeter.

DARRELL HUCKABY: There's no winning the thermostat war

My lovely wife, Lisa, and I are what you might call climatically incompatible.

HUCKABY: Memories of my mother still strong

If you still have your mom this Mother’s Day, please cherish her.

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HUCKABY: Remembering visit to the Holy Land this Easter

I spent the first 22 Easters of my life, as well as I can remember, in Porterdale. I always looked forward to attending Sunrise Service at Julia A. Porter United Methodist Church, even before it was united.

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HUCKABY: A historic time of year

I don’t know what it is about these two weeks in April, but I know that they have always led to significant drama in the history of this great country.

HUCKABY: Trying to reason with pollen season

I went to bed Thursday night with a nice and shiny black SUV in my driveway. I woke up with a sickening yellow SUV in my driveway. Like a sneak attack from above the pollen season is upon us.

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HUCKABY: A reminder of why I miss being in a classroom

This week I have really realized just how much I really do miss teaching the history of our country to really smart teenagers

HUCKABY: Twenty years later, fond memories of Lewis Grizzard remain

We buried Lewis Grizzard twenty years ago. It doesn’t seem possible, does it? That it has been that long?

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HUCKABY: There's nothing to love about Russian politics

Winston Churchill called Russia a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma. Sir Winston wasn’t just whistling Dixie.

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HUCKABY: Forty days later there’s less of me to love

I set out 40 days ago on a fast of my own. I wasn’t going to give up eating entirely, but I was giving up all red meat, all added sugar — including drinks — all gluten, which means all bread and wheat products, and all dairy products. In other words, if it tasted good, I couldn’t have it.

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HUCKABY: More class time is best way to improve education in Georgia

Somewhere along the way the state of Georgia is going to have to decide that having students in school, in front of their teachers, is the only way to improve education. I just don’t think that day will occur between now and the end of May.